Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Armistice Day 2015

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month the Together Trust came to a stop to remember. The Armistice came into being 97 years ago to remember those who had fallen in World War One. It has since become a symbol of remembrance for all those who have fought for their country. 

Together Trust Poppy Display, 2014
The Together Trust has seen many of its staff and young people fight for their ‘King and country’ particularly throughthe two World Wars. So it’s particularly prominent for the charity to take a moment and reflect, both from a personal point of view and a historic one. 

The monthly magazine, The Children’s Haven, discusses the first Armistice Day within its pages. Written by Thomas Ackroyd, the then Secretary (the equivalent of our Chief Executive today), for the Young People’s Page, it gave examples of how children in Manchester celebrated the day. 

Extract from The Children’s Haven, 1919

Mr Ackroyd goes on to encourage both those that lived in the homes and the children who supported the charity; “I think the highest pleasure that can come to anyone is the knowledge that they have tried to make someone else’s life happy. I think these coming days of peace will make all of us want to live so that we may be of some use in the world and to make it a better and happier place for everyone to live in.”  

The Together Trust has spent time researching and telling some of the stories of those associated with the charity that fought in World War One. On this day of remembrance why not find out some more.

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